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EVL-BP 2013 : Sixth International Workshop on Evolutionary Business Processes


When Sep 9, 2013 - Sep 13, 2013
Where Vancouver, Canada
Submission Deadline Apr 22, 2013
Notification Due May 8, 2013
Final Version Due Jun 15, 2013
Categories    business process   service oriented architecture   evolution

Call For Papers

Sixth International Workshop on
Evolutionary Business Processes (EVL-BP 2013)
in conjunction with the
17th IEEE International EDOC Conference
September 9 - 13, 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Submission deadline: 22 April 2013


Enterprises face the challenge of rapidly adapting to dynamic business environments. The traditional approach to process management is only partially appropriate to this new context, and calls for the advent of new, evolutionary business processes. This new approach attempts to address specific issues related to flexibility and adaptation such as design of easily adaptable processes, dynamic handling of unexpected situations, optimality of adaptations, and change management. Central to the field of evolutionary business processes is the notion of requirements, which drive the change of business processes through their life-cycles.

The evolution of processes and their underlying software systems becomes more and more an important and interesting topic in business process management. Since the life time of software systems frequently spans many years, business processes modelled on top of systems cannot be assumed to remain fixed, and migration between different versions is essential. As a consequence, modelling and management techniques developed in the context of ad-hoc, short-term composition of services and their processes lack the necessary constructs to concisely express the gradual evolution of processes and software systems and new dynamic and/or declarative approaches in this context are required.

The evolutionary approach to business processes raises a number of challenges: extracting declarative specifications from domain experts, expressing these declarative specifications in an appropriate language or formalism, as well as designing, monitoring, checking compliance or dynamically adapting business processes according to a set of requirements, identification and handling of changes, management of process versions. Evolution in business processes takes place in a wide number of domains, and is expected to impact existing and future technology choices, business practices and standardization efforts.

This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to exchange opinions, advance ideas, and discuss preliminary results on current topics related to dynamic and declarative business processes.
A particular interest will be taken in bridging theoretical research and practical issues. To this end, contributions stating open problems, case studies, tool presentations, or any other work assessing the practical significance of dynamic and declarative business processes by means of concrete examples and situations, will be particularly welcome. Work in progress, position papers stating broad avenues of research, and work on formal foundations of dynamic and declarative business
processes are also sought-after.

Topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:
* Evolutionary business process modelling
* Dynamic business process specification
* Implementation issues for evolutionary processes
* Tools for evolutionary processes
* Methodologies for evolutionary processes
* Variability management in adaptable business processes
* Requirements representation and integration for evolutionary processes
* Real-world use cases of evolutionary business processes
* Business rules and policies
* Rule driven business process engines
* Business + technical requirements for evolutionary processes
* Mathematical foundations of evolutionary business processes
* Formal models of dynamic business processes
* Monitoring of dynamic business processes
* Validation and model checking of dynamic business processes
* Software engineering methods, languages, and standards for dynamic business processes
* Service-oriented architectures and dynamic business processes
* Interoperability for dynamic business processes
* Semantic Web technologies and ontologies for evolutionary business processes
* Collaboration and evolutionary business processes
* Data-driven process evolution
* Evolution of cross-organisational processes / process choreographies
* Complex event processing models/support for dynamic business processes


The workshop duration is a whole day. It will comprise presentations of accepted papers, tool presentations, and one keynote. All submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Submissions should be 8 pages long and must use the two-column format of IEEE conference proceedings and include the author’s name, affiliation, and contact details. Papers must be submitted as PDF files using EasyChair.

Authors will be notified about the decision by the program committee. At least one author of each accepted paper must participate in the workshop. The papers accepted for the EDOC 2013 Workshops will be published with their own ISBN in the IEEE Digital Library (pending approval by IEEE), which is accessible by IEEE Xplore. At least one of the authors for each accepted paper should register for the main conference in order to present their papers.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: April 22, 2013
Paper Notification: May 08, 2013
Camera Ready Copy Due: June 15, 2013
Workshop: September 10, 2013

Workshop Co-chairs

Mohsen Asadi, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Gerd Groener, University of Koblenz, Germany
Bardia Mohabbati, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Program Committee
Colin Atkinson, Universitaet Mannheim, Germany
Ebrahim Bagheri, Athabasca University, Canada
Luciano Baresi, DEI - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Domenico Bianculli, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Marko Boskovic, Research Studios Austria, Austria
Antonio Bucchiarone, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Christoph Bussler, Xtime, Inc, USA
Yasmine Charif, Xerox Inc., USA
Luciano Garcia-Ba˜nuelos, Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico
Guido Governatori, University of Queensland, Australia
Rania Khalaf, IBM Watson Research Center, USA
Marcello La Rosa, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Florian Lautenbacher, Senacor Technologies, Germany
Jaejoon Lee, Lancaster University, UK
Philipp Leitner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Wolfgang Mayer, University of South Australia, Australia
Jan Mandling, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria
Shin Nakajima, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Leo Obrst, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Jolita Ralyté, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Manfred Reichert, University of Ulm, Germany
Simon Tragatschnig, University of Vienna, Austria
Franck Van Breugel, York University, Canada
Manuel Wimmer, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

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